Specials praised for riots cover

POLICE in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales are thanking their Special Constables for the support they provided during the recent rioting incidents in the country.

More than 50 per cent of the area’s 57 volunteer officers came on duty to help support local policing while officers were drafted in to other parts of the country affected by rioting.

High Peak and Dales Community Safety Inspector Shaun Woodcock said: “During the disorder in other parts of the country, members of the Special Constabulary in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales showed their commitment to keeping our communities safe with many coming forward for duty before being asked.

“I would like to thank all our Special Constables who came in to support officers during this time.”

A number of drop-in events are being organised across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales for people to find out more about the role of Special Constables, volunteers who work within Safer Neighbourhood Teams alongside regular police officers and Police Community Support Officers to help police their local communities.

They have the same powers as police officers and are required to volunteer for a minimum of four hours a week.

Insp Woodcock added: “Becoming a special can be very rewarding and provides people with a chance to make a direct positive contribution to the communities of Derbyshire.”

The Special Constabulary recruits people of all ages and backgrounds, but there are a few basic criteria that people need to meet if they want to join.

You must be in good health, of good character and at least 18-years-old to apply.

For further information, or for an application pack, contact 0300 330 1330 or email recruitment@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

You can also read more about the role by visiting the website www.derbyshire.police.uk.